Residents Relieved After Suspected Rapist Arrested
GAINESVILLE - A major break in a notorious four-year-old rape case in Haile Plantation has residents breathing a sigh of relief.
Task force members from the Alachua County Sheriff's Office issued an arrest warrant for U.S. Marshals to arrest 38-year-old Andrew Payne Jr., who they believe raped a jogger on a trail in the Indigo Square Neighborhood four years ago.
When she heard news of the arrest, Haile Plantation resident Monica Poshkaite said it gave her peace of mind.
Poshkaite said residents told her about the rape when she moved in to Haile Plantation six months ago.
"First few weeks, I didn't want to jog in the area," Poshkaite said.
Poshkaite says she walks and jogs frequently in the area. But despite living in what she calls a quite, safe and friendly neighborhood, Poshkaite says she thinks twice about jogging in the street when no one is around.
Deputies say four years ago, the 36-year-old victim was jogging around 6:30 in the morning when she was attacked.
Investigators had few leads in the case and only a sketch was available.
Now four years later and thanks to new technology, the man they believe is responsible was located in Georgia.
"its a huge sense of relief not only for me as sheriff but to recognize the impact this crime has had to the victim and to our community I'm hoping very much that the victim has sense of peace today, " Sheriff Sadie Darnell said.
Payne was booked into the Coffee County jail and is awaiting extradition to Alachua County.
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